Remember a few times when I have commented on Trump’s rallies, held since his inauguration in January? I was puzzled … since he had already won last year’s election, had already taken office, why the heck is he still holding campaign-style rallies? Well, wonder no more, for I now know the answer. He is, in fact, campaigning … already … this is the beginning of his “2020 re-election campaign”. WHAT??? … this ‘man’ is not even likely to be in office by the time 2020 rolls around! How can he possibly … the unmitigated gall!
According to The Washington Post, he raised $42.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. Now it happens that I have two problems with this. The first is that these rallies are costing We The People. We pay for his travel, meals, and extra security required as he stands amid thousands of people. Earlier this week, Mick Mulvaney stated that this administration does not think it is right to ask taxpayers to pay to keep poor people from starving … but they have no qualms about asking us to pay for Trump to waste time and money campaigning for a re-election that, hopefully, will never happen??? I object!
The second problem I have is with the donations, or rather the donors. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, most of the donations were small amounts, under $200, from individuals, with very little coming in from larger, wealthy donors. Keep in mind, these are the very same people who are crying that they cannot make ends meet, that they need more money, that their taxes are too high … and yet they will give $20, $50, or $100 to the Trump campaign for re-election which is nearly four years away? Hey, Republicans … if you have money to throw away, as you obviously do, send it to me. First, I could use some new socks and what’s left, I would use to feed some hungry children, help a needy family pay their rent, or something that provides humanitarian value!
And the third problem … did I say I had only 2? … is the way the money is being spent, which is perfectly legal but, in the opinion of this writer should not be. First, of course, the ‘campaign’ is buying t-shirts and those ugly “Make America Great Again” hats. But now comes the kicker …
“Trump Tower in Manhattan, where the campaign is based, collected $300,000 in rent. At least another $25,000 went to other properties, including Mr. Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas and a golf course he owns in Florida. The campaign disbursed tens of thousands of dollars to a firm owned by Mr. Trump’s chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. The bill was for “administrative assistant/secretarial” services.” – Haag/Shorey, New York Times, 14 April 2017
I do not see Mr. Trump qualifying for a re-election bid in 2020, but he certainly has no compunction about taking money from the very people he convinced to vote for him by promising them a better life, then using said money to further pad his own and Bannon’s already fat pockets. The people who are donating at rallies and through email solicitations are victims of their own making in Trump’s ‘reverse Robin Hood’ scheme.
Oh, by the way … Trump has even selected his slogan for the 2020 election. He couldn’t very well use “Make America Great Again” because if, after four years in office he hadn’t made it great, the slogan rather loses its luster. So, for the 2020 campaign we will have his new slogan shoved down our collective throats: “Keep America Great”. Sigh.